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Why would heat blocking and curved sapphire glass screens start to appear on next generation smart phones? Simple. Smart phones with larger screens are being introduced. Many young people in China and other emerging markets have just one device rather than have a smart phone AND a tablet or notebook computer. Screens larger than 5.5 inches may also eliminate bezels. The curve and heat absorbing properties would make it easier to continue to use some of these as a "one-hand" device.
Are you up to date on 2.5D and 3DIC packaging and integration? Do you know how these rapidly advancing technologies affect YOUR business? If not, you ought to check out the professional development course offered at the IPC APEX Expo next month as well the offerings on this topic and the October IPC tech Summit in Raleigh, NC - unless you want to risk decreasing your opportunities for growth or even survival during the next 3 to 5 years.
In a renewed spirit of cooperation, the IPC and EIPC are working together to bring educational workshops to Europe in 2014. They announced that during April, Dr. Martin Anselm, Universal Instruments Corporation, will present two half-day workshops in the UK and Germany on failure analysis and reliability testing. One has to wonder if it is time, with a joint production value of PWBs of less than 15% of the world in North America and Europe, that the two organizations found a way to formally link up.
It's time to complete planning for tasks to accomplish at the upcoming IPC APEX EXPO in Las Vegas later this month. My "to do" list includes the following (not in order of priority).
1. Attend the international reception
2. Attend the Tuesday and Wednesday award and meeting luncheons
3. Meet with principals and customers of the company on whose Board of Directors I serve
4. Seek out new products of interest with which our company and its clients can form a JV or manufacturing and/or marketing partnership, license, or otherwise represent, e.g. new DFM tools
5. Sit in on technical papers of interest
6. Meet with other Hall of Fame members to see how our experiences may be able to help benefit the IPC and its members
7. Meet with key contacts to get "their reading" of the current market and near term and long term outlooks
8. Up-date information and status of interesting products introduced in the past few years as well as determine which have “vanished
9. Check status of the recently proposed IPC PAC
......and as Denny Fritz said, "Meet old friends and see how they are doing."
What do YOU think that we should be checking out at the show? What are YOUR plans for the event?
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